Dell pc wont boot

  wobbler 09:03 02 Apr 09
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My Dell PC running xp pro wont boot. After power on i get a blue screen dskchk in progress, the volume is dirty. It performs the operation but gets to 42% and stops. I have got a windows cd as the restore is on a separate partition on that drive. Is there a way around the dskchk?

  johndrew 11:09 02 Apr 09

It seems you have the `Dirty bit` set. To overcome this, you must leave the CHKDSK to run to completion, it may well take some time to do this and may appear to have stalled/frozen.

There should also be the option at the start of the CHKDSK operation to `abort` by pressing any key. Doing this will allow the PC to boot but the problem will not be resolved.

Be aware that CHKDSK will take some considerable time - the larger the drive the more time. More info click here click here

Resolution for this problem is as follows:

Just for informational purposes for anyone that is stuck with a continuous chkdsk on boot. You can check to see if your drive is flagged by opening up a CLI Window (Start menu > Select `Run` > type in `CMD`)

Now type in the following:

FSUTIL DIRTY QUERY C: (followed by the enter key)

(assuming that C: is your boot drive)

If it tells you that your drive is dirty then...

Go back to the CLI window and type in the following

CHKNTFS /X C: (followed by the enter key) - This will stop the disk check on the next reboot

Now reboot your computer: let it reboot and open up another CLI - type in the following:

CHKDSK /F /R C: (followed by the enter key) - Let is scan and check your computer fully

Once it has done so type in the following again as in the first step

FSUTIL DIRTY QUERY C:

The drive bit will be set to clean again

  johndrew 11:25 02 Apr 09

For future reference, this is an excellent site for much troubleshooting in XP click here

  birdface 11:47 02 Apr 09

Do you not get about 10 seconds to hit any key to stop chkdsk.Maybe try starting in safe mode.

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